Daily Archives: December 13, 2008

WINNERS – Historical Fiction Give-away

THANK YOU to all who entered the drawing, and SPECIAL THANKS to Michelle Moran who so generously offered to give away THREE of her books!

There were 58 entries and I used the Random Integer Generator to choose three winners (the integer generated was matched to the comment number)… the first two numbers won The Heretic Queen, the third number won Nefertiti. DRUM ROLL……..

The Winners are:

I have sent you all an email to get your snail mail and how you would like your books inscribed. Please respond within 5 days to claim your books!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Themed Reading Challenge 2009 – My Progress

February 1 – July 31, 2009

I am hosting this challenge in 2009 (read about the rules on this post) and have decided to stretch myself by choosing Option 3: Read at least 6 books that share MORE than two themes.

My themes are:

  • Female authors
  • New to me authors
  • The plot has some sort of mystery which must be solved
  • A child or children play a central role in the book

Here is my tentative reading list:

  1. What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman (Completed June 16, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  2. The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti (Completed July 29, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  3. Finding Nouf, by Zoe Ferraris (Complete July 24, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  4. In the Woods, by Tana French (Completed May 22, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  5. Between Here and April, by Deborah Copaken Kogan (Completed July 20, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  6. Last Night in Montreal, by Emily St. John Mandel (Completed June 1, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

New Author Challenge 2009

January 1 – December 31, 2009

Literary Escapism is hosting the New Author Challenge for 2009.

  1. There is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges.
  2. YOU decide how many new authors you want to try in 2009 and then that’s your challenge.
  3. To join, go to the post about the challenge and add your name to the Mr. Linky.
  4. If you do not have your own blog, you can join the group blog here.
  5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome
  6. When you read a new author, write your review (either at your site or the group blog) and then go back to the post about the challenge and post a link to your review.

For the last two years I have kept track of new authors I have read. In 2007, I read books by 56 new-to-me authors. For 2008, I will have read more than 70 new to me authors.  Based on these statistics (and the likelihood that I will continue to read books by new authors), I am shooting for 50 new-to-me authors for 2009. I will list them here with links to my reviews of their work.

  1. Adiga, Aravind – The White Tiger (Completed January 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  2. Petterson, Per – Out Stealing Horses (Completed January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  3. Curnutt, Kirk – Breathing Out the Ghost (Completed January 11, 2009; 4.5/5; read my review)
  4. Henricksen, Bruce – After the Floods (Completed January 18, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  5. Baker, Tiffany – The Little Giant of Aberdeen County (Completed February 3, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  6. Hinnefeld, Joyce – In Hovering Flight (Completed February 7, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  7. Henkin, Josh – Matrimony (Completed February 11, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  8. Koppel, Lily – The Red Leather Diary (Completed February 14, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  9. Lahiri, Jhumpa – Unaccustomed Earth (Completed February 22, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review )
  10. Harris, Joanne – Chocolat (Completed February 26, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  11. Addiego, John – The Islands of Divine Music (Completed March 1, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  12. Taylor, Andrew – Bleeding Heart Square (Completed March 11, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  13. Kelly, Mary Pat – Galway Bay (Completed March 23, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  14. Fitzgerald, Penelope – Offshore (Completed March 27, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  15. Brady, Catherine – The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories (Completed March 30, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  16. O’Neill, Joseph – Netherland (Completed April 4, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  17. Ames, Greg – Buffalo Lockjaw (Completed April 6, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  18. Howe, Katherine – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Completed April 12, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  19. Bauermeister, Erica – The School of Essential Ingredients (COMPLETED April 17, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  20. Scott, Joanna – Follow Me (COMPLETED April 25, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  21. Mayo, C.M. – The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (COMPLETED May 1, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  22. Black, Benjamin – Christine Falls (COMPLETED May 6, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review) AND The Silver Swan (COMPLETED May 11, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  23. Rushdie, Salman – Midnight’s Children (COMPLETED May 30, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  24. French, Tana – In The Woods (COMPLETED May 22, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  25. Hendricks, Judith Ryan – The Laws of Harmony (COMPLETED May 26, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  26. Zawatzky, Joan – The Scent of Oranges (COMPLETED May 30, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  27. Mandel, Emily St. John – Last Night In Montreal (COMPLETED June 1, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  28. Holton, Cathy – Beach Trip (COMPLETED June 5, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  29. Summerscale, Kate – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (COMPLETED June 7, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  30. Jackson, Lisa – Malice (COMPLETED June 8, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  31. Murphy, D.J. – A Thousand Veils (COMPLETED June 13, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  32. Lippman, Laura – What The Dead Know (COMPLETED June 16, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  33. Van Booy, Simon – Love Begins in Winter (COMPLETED June 19, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  34. Gershow, Miriam – The Local News (COMPLETED June 29, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  35. Ghosh, Amitav – Sea of Poppies (COMPLETED July 12, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  36. Barbery, Muriel – The Elegance of the Hedgehog (COMPLETED July 18, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  37. Kogan, Deborah Copaken – Between Here and April (COMPLETED July 20, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  38. Ferraris, Zoe – Finding Nouf (COMPLETED July 24, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  39. Tinti, Hannah – The Good Thief (COMPLETED July 29, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  40. Livesey, Margot – The House on Fortune Street (COMPLETED August 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  41. Hill, Lawrence – Someone Knows My Name (COMPLETED August 12, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  42. Listfield, Emily – Best Intentions (COMPLETED August 9, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  43. Mosley, Walter – The Long Fall (COMPLETED August 11, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  44. Newmark, Elle – The Book of Unholy Mischief (COMPLETED August 18, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  45. Stockett, Kathryn – The Help (COMPLETED September 3, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  46. Tucker, Lisa – The Promised World (COMPLETED September 21, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  47. Freeman, Ru – A Disobedient Girl (COMPLETED September 28, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  48. Naipaul, V.S. – A Bend in the River (COMPLETED October 3, 2009; rated 1/5; read my review)
  49. Prose, Francine – Goldengrove (COMPLETED October 7, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  50. Roesch, Mattox – Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same (COMPLETED October 11, 2009; rate 3.5/5; read my review)
  51. Piazza, Tom – City of Refuge (COMPLETED October 18, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  52. Erdrich, Louise – Love Medicine (COMPLETED October 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  53. Cristofano, David – The Girl She Used To Be (COMPLETED October 24, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  54. Somerville, Patrick – The Cradle (COMPLETED October 24, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  55. Orgain, Diana – Bundle of Trouble (COMPLETED October 25, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  56. Stein, Garth – The Art of Racing in the Rain (COMPLETED November 3, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  57. Markson, Maud Carol – Looking After Pigeon (COMPLETED November 10, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  58. Thornton, Rosy – Crossed Wires (COMPLETED November 23, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  59. Muller, Herta – The Passport (COMPLETED November 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  60. Lee, Roberta MD – The Superstress Solution (COMPLETED November 27, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  61. Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter (COMPLETED December 20, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review of The Wreath, The Wife, and The Cross)
  62. Shortridge, Jennie – When She Flew (COMPLETED December 24, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  63. Satrapi, Marjane – Persepolis AND Persepolis 2 (COMPLETED December 28, 2009; rated 4/5 and 4.5/5; read my reviews of Persepolis and Persepolis 2)

My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge

January 1 – December 31, 2009

Although I failed to complete the 2008 version of this challenge, I have decided to give it another go in 2009 since there are some changes that make this one more easily attainable.  Estella writes:

We’re making the challenge EVEN EASIER this year! I know, we didn’t think it was possible either! Instead of hosting a list of “dangerous reads” this year is all about you.

To participate, simply read 12 books you deem “dangerous.” between January 1st and December 31st 2009. They may be banned or challenged books, new-to-you genres, books that seem to inhabit a permanent space on your stacks, or authors you’re afraid of.

I’ll be making my list as I go:

  1. After the Floods, by Bruce Henricksen (Magical Realism) – COMPLETED January 18, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  2. The Islands of Divine Music, by John Addiego (Novel in Short Stories/Magical Realism) – COMPLETED March 1, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
  3. Offshore, by Penelope Fitzgerald (Award Winner) – COMPLETED March 27, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  4. The Mechanics of Falling, by Catherine Brady (Collection of short stories/new to me author) – COMPLETED March 30, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  5. Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (Literary Classic and Magical Realism) – COMPLETED May 30, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
  6. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, by Kate Summerscale (Non Fiction – True Crime) – COMPLETED June 7, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  7. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery (Book in Translation – philosophy) – COMPLETED July 18, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  8. A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul (Nobel Laureate) – COMPLETED October 3, 2009; rated 1/5; read my review.
  9. Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same, by Mattox Roesch (YA) – COMPLETED October 11, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  10. The Passport, by Herta Muller (Nobel Laureate, Book in Translation and Surrealism) – COMPLETED November 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  11. Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset (Chunkster  with more than 1000 pages) – COMPLETED December 20, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review of The Wreath, The Wife, and The Cross.
  12. Persepolis and Persepolis II by Marjane Satrapi (Graphic novel/memoir)  – COMPLETED December 28, 2009; rated 4/5 and 4.5/5; read my review of Persepolis, read my review of Persepolis 2.

Africa Reading Challenge – 2008

DECEMBER 13, 2008 – GIVING UP THE CHALLENGE

Here is another challenge I thought I would easily complete, but which proved harder to do than I first thought. I read 2 of the 6 books I set out to read. Thank you to Dave for hosting this challenge! Sorry I was not successful…but I still have these books on my shelf, and I will eventually read them!

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I know, I know – I’ve promised to stop joining challenges. But how could I pass this one up? I’ve perused my lists and found I had several books in my stacks as well as on other challenge lists that fit this one perfectly!

January 1 – December 31, 2008

Dave at Siphoning Off A Few Thoughts is hosting The Africa Reading Challenge – read at least six books about Africa, set in Africa or dealing with African issues.

Here is my list:

1. In The Country of Men, by Hisahm Matar
2. There is No Me Without You, by Melissa Fay Greene
3. A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipal
4. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, by Gil Courtemanche
5. Graceland, by Chris Abani
6. Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee (finished February 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
7. The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur, by Daoud Hari (finished February 15, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)